Social Support, Group Involvement, and Well-Being Among the Family and Friends of Problem Drinkers

Jo ann Stenton, David Best, Bridget Roberts

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Challenges to the health and well-being of families of people with alcohol problems were examined in this exploratory study conducted in Melbourne, Australia. A semistructured questionnaire was developed with a group of key informants and was distributed through two mutual-aid support programs, Al-Anon and Family Drug Help. Respondents were diverse and included partners, parents, and children of problem drinkers, with a number of respondents reporting problem drinking in multiple intimates. Participants’ perceptions of the severity of participants’ problems, their well-being, and the subsequent benefits found in mutual-aid support programs suggest the need for easier access to information regarding support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-221
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2014


  • Al-Anon
  • family support
  • help-seeking
  • mutual aid
  • well-being

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